BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 934

Cromwell's hope

Cromwell's hope
Key Info
  • Cromwell's hope
  • Duration: 00:51
  • This video uses the words of Oliver Cromwell from a letter written after the defeat of Royalists in 1651. In the letter Cromwell urges that England should be a place that shines forth as an example to other countries, by relieving the oppressed and poor prisoners and by curbing the proud and insolent. The letter is read over footage of a lone Roundhead horseman galloping through beautiful countryside.
  • Subject:



    English Civil War

  • Keywords: Oliver Cromwell, Civil War, English Civil War, Protector, Protectorate, Royalists, defeat of Royalists
Ideas for use in class
  • For many students the transcript of this clip could aid accessibility. In any event this clip is an opportunity to discuss how the film-maker has used the words and pictures together to make us think more highly of Cromwell. The video could be compared with other sources that also persuade us of Cromwell's character, to set up an enquiry to explain why he is thought of in different ways.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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